Botany and Ecology
Botany and Ecology

Botany and Ecology

Our current selection of Botany and Ecology classes and workshops for adults for this season at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.


Seabird Restoration in Coastal Maine

with Steve Kress
Monday, August 27
5 – 6 p.m.
Education Center

Join Dr. Steve Kress, Executive Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice President for Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society, for a lecture on seabird restoration on the coast of Maine. In particular, Steve will share the successes, challenges and findings of Project Puffin, the work he initiated in 1973 to reestablish Puffin populations on Maine islands.


Field Trip to Damariscove Island

with Boothbay Region Land Trust and Melissa Cullina
Saturday, September 8
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hop on board a boat to Damariscove Island for a day of exploration. Currently a Boothbay Region Land Trust Preserve, Damariscove Island is one of Maine’s earliest settlement sites, dating back four centuries to the arrival of the first European fishermen. On the boat ride out to the island, a BRLT representative will share information about the island's history and natural features. Once ashore, five miles of hiking trails, great tide-pooling, picnicking and a small rustic museum make for a fun day trip. While on the island, participants can join the Gardens’ Research Botanist Melissa Cullina for a closer look at the plants that call the island home. Melissa specializes in aquatic and coastal botany, field identification and rare species conservation.
Offered in partnership with Boothbay Region Land Trust. Please contact Boothbay Region Land Trust at 207-633-4818 or brlt@bbrlt.org for more information or to purchase tickets.
$40 member, $40 nonmember


Asters of Coastal Maine

with Melissa Cullina
Tuesday, September 11th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Education Center

Coastal Maine’s diverse array of asters is in its full glory during the beautiful late summer days of September. Join Research Botanist Melissa Cullina to learn all about Maine’s different kinds of asters, including how to distinguish them and where they grow. Students will observe plants in CMBG’s wild habitats, as well as in the classroom, using dissecting microscopes and herbarium specimens. Please bring trail-walking shoes, lunch and a hand lens if you have one (extras will be provided).


Research Lecture: Horticultural insights into climate change and plant conservation

with Jesse Bellemare
Thursday, September 27
5 – 6 p.m.
Education Center

Rapid climate change is expected to be one of the top threats to plant biodiversity in coming decades. In particular, many plant species are likely to face severe dispersal limitations as they attempt to adjust their natural distributions to rapidly changing environmental conditions, risking population decline or even extinction. In this context, native plant horticulture provides critical insights into species' fundamental climate tolerances and might even highlight new geographic regions that are becoming suitable for future population survival, north of species' current native ranges. This lecture will focus on forest plants of the Eastern US and evaluate conservation options informed by native plant horticulture, such as "assisted migration.” Risks of these novel approaches, such as invasions, will also be reviewed.